How to Keep Your Protein Shake Cool & Save it For Later

In this post, I’ll be going over how to keep your protein shakes cold and save it for later. As well as if freezing your protein shake is OK.

So, let’s get straight into this…

How to keep protein shakes cold

You can keep your protein shakes cold by adding a couple of ice cubes in your shaker and make sure you have a well insulated shaker cup. Store your shaker cup outside of direct sunlight to hinder it from warming.

If it takes you a long time to get to your gym, you can store your protein shake in your car, just put a couple of ice cubes in there to keep it cold and store it out of direct sunlight. If there are lots of sun rays coming into your car, cover your shaker with a towel or put it in the boot/trunk.

But if you live in a really hot climate, this may not be enough. So store your shake in a locker at your gym.

You could also keep your protein shake in the fridge the night before to help keep it cool before you drink it.

An even better option is to not mix the powder. Put the protein powder in your shaker cup and mix it with the cool water at your gym. If you prefer milk, then this won’t taste as good, obviously but the water will at least make it cold.

Your next option is to abandon the traditional whey protein shake and go for the juiced based protein powder. 

Protein juice has completely changed the game for me!

You can now get a protein shake that tastes like juice. I’ve gone for the orange and mango flavour and it’s delicious.

The best thing?

It just needs water.

I’ve become really sick of the standard milky protein shake and adding water to it tasted worse. So I opted for whey isolate juice.

How long will protein shake last in the fridge?

The typical protein shake supplement will last 48 – 72 hours refrigerated. However, after a few hours the powder and liquid will start to separate so you’ll have to combine it by shaking it again or blending it.

How long does protein shake last at room temperature?

A protein shake mixed with milk can last up to 2 hours at room temperature given the room temperature is 16°C – 22°C. And mixed with water, a protein shake can last up to 6 hours at room temperature. However, you will have to mix it again as the powder and liquid will have slightly separated.

Can you make protein smoothies the night before?

Yes, you can make protein smoothies the night before and drink it the next day. However, the protein smoothie may lose some of it’s consistency, texture, colour and taste depending on the powder and ingredients used.

It can even end up looking like some kind of color drained sludge. So keep the smoothie ingredients to a minimum. 

Can I Freeze protein shakes overnight?

Yes, you can freeze a protein shake overnight and maintain the protein content and your body will still absorb the protein. Make sure you’ve mixed it well because you don’t want to have to thaw it to get the bits out.

It’s still safe to drink and won’t upset your stomach unless you have a sensitive stomach.

Can you freeze protein shakes to make ice cream?

Yes, you can freeze protein shakes to make an ice cream. When you take it out of the freezer, make sure to let it sit for at least 20 minutes to thaw. This way you can get more of an ice cream texture. Make sure to use milk and not water in the ice cream.

If you’re lactose intolerant you can use almond milk instead of regular.

If you’re looking for a homemade protein ice cream recipe, here’s a great one:

  • Full fat coconut milk will give the ice cream a really thick and creamy texture. The more fat, the better the creamy texture and consistency.
  • Protein powder will give the ice cream 99% of the protein content. You can use any flavour you like.
  • You can use the sweetener of your choice. This can be standard white sugar, honey, stevia etc.

Making the protein ice cream:

First, make sure your ice cream is cold and blend it. Blend for 1 – 2 minutes, you want a nice silky texture. 

Add your protein powder and sweetener to the blender and blend that bay boy.

Place the mixture into a container and place it in the freezer.

PRO TIP: Stir the ice cream every 20 minutes 3 times whilst it’s in the freezer. This will give it a great boost in texture.

After the ice cream has frozen, remove it from the freezer and allow it to thaw for 20 minutes.

Enjoy the high protein ice cream brah!

Protein shake storage

An easy way to store your protein shake is in a well insulated cup. I like to store mine in this Ninja insulated shaker cup. There’s lots of space, you can easily shake the bits out and it keeps your shake nice and cool.

I couldn’t recommend this enough. Before this, I would just use a standard plastic shaker cup that would eventually break and I’d buy a new one.

Just bite the bullet and grab this so you don’t have to buy another one of those awful plastic, cheap shaker cups.

And I really love the feel of it, this stainless steel cup feels premium and doesn’t leak.